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If a white Christmas is the last thing on your wish list this winter, look no further than the Mediterranean archipelagos and seaside towns. While most of Europe is expected to have a record winter, travelers will be happy to shed their layers and soak in the sun further south. Here are ten cities that promise to be the warmest places in Europe for winter travel.

1. Palermo, Italy

Palermo, Italy
The ancient Romans believed that there were four gods of the wind, one for each direction. But the only wind that modern travelers to Palermo need to be concerned about is the Sirocco wind that carries warm air from Africa all year round, helping to keep Palermo at a comfortable temperature of 16 ° C throughout the winter. Experience more authenticity than that of saturated tourist summers, walk the streets of ancient ruins, baroque churches, and impressive squares, and look for tasty seasonal dishes that summer tourists miss altogether.

2. Valencia, Spain

Only having to travel a six-hour drive northeast of Seville, Valencia shares mild winters since it occupies much of the southern Iberian Peninsula. Temperatures are usually around 17 ° C, with only five days of rain on average in December and four in January. Valencia’s orange season lasts half a year, from November to mid-spring. Oranges grow all over Valencia, but don’t be fooled by these juicy-looking impostors – they’re inedible. Instead, you want to pick oranges at one of the hundreds of stalls at the Mercado Central de Valencia or visit a local farm.

3. Crete, Greece

Crete, Greece

Greece is always a fantastic place to visit in Europe due to its coastal landscape and rich history. Better yet, it is home to a warm climate, which makes it ideal for visiting anytime during the year. One of the best and hottest places to visit in Greece is Crete. Crete has an average temperature of about 62 ° F, which means you can relax on its beaches without fear of frost. However, this time it is also quite rainy, so you will need to keep an eye close to the weather. Being the largest island in Greece, you will find a lot of unique activities to do, many of them are not as crowded as the tourist season is over.

4. Nice and Monte Carlo

The winter months are a time to see Nice if you don’t have a lot of money. In addition, as you get here, you can dedicate a day or half a day to the famous Monte Carlo, a destination of opulence. Between Nice and the Principality of Monaco, the bus 100 arrives every 15 minutes, the journey takes 45 minutes and costs 2 euros/person. The temperatures here range between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius from January to March.

5. Canary Islands, Spain

Canary Islands, Spain

Only a four-hour flight from London separates it from the Canary Islands, a magnificent group of Spanish islands located close to the coast of Morocco. During the winter, these islands provide some of Europe’s warmest and sunniest weather.

Which of the following islands should you choose to visit first?

Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote are the most popular, although many of them will do. Prepare yourself for a never-ending supply of sports, hiking, and other natural marvels wherever you wind yourself.

6. Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol is a city that offers the best of both worlds since it is warm in the winter and sunny in the summer. You’ll like the blend of new and historic neighborhoods in this city.

The ancient fishing port’s narrow stone alleys are lined with medieval-era houses. The city’s beaches, castles, and ancient Greek ruins round out the must-see attractions in Limassol.

Because of the island’s position in the eastern Mediterranean, the climate in any city on the island will be mild

7. Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal

Faro, Portugal’s southernmost city, is a tranquil retreat for anyone seeking some R&R. In contrast to the rest of Europe, it enjoys mild weather in winter in this small and beautiful village.

Tourist numbers are lower in winter, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do, just as there are in the city of Seville. There are still plenty of bright days to go golfing, beach walking, bird watching, and cycling throughout the winter.

8. Valetta, Malta

Valetta, Malta

There is no other city in the world like Valletta, in my opinion. It’s almost as if it’s straight out of a movie. Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is not only beautiful, but it also stays warm in the winter because of its position in the Mediterranean Sea south of Italy.

There is a comparable mild environment in all of Malta’s cities, so don’t forget about the hidden treasures like Mdina, Rabat, or Zabbar.

When Valletta was designated the European Cultural Capital of Culture in 2009, it was already a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9. Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca, Spain

The next entry for Spain on the list is stunning Mallorca with its unbelievably crystal blue seas. The island of Mallorca is part of the Spanish archipelago and is often associated with spring break partying, although it’s a lot more laid back than Ibiza. The climate is pleasant and bright all year round because of the island’s position in the Balearic Sea.

Winter is the ideal season to visit because major tourism has been on the island since the 1950s. Over 3400 restaurants, 262 pristine beaches, and world-renowned spas and hotels will be yours exclusively.

10. Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

This magnificently fortified city resembles something out of a fairy tale. Kotor, a medieval walled city, tucked away on a scenic harbor, has a long and colorful history dating back to the Middle Ages.

For a nation in the Balkans, Kotor is one of the mildest. It’s also one of the most inexpensive. In the winter, your budget will go 2-3 times farther on this island than it would on a warm European island.

Wintertime is a great time to visit since most cruise ships won’t be returning until spring. Take advantage of the milder temperatures to go hiking, biking, jogging, or just strolling around the historic district and the city’s numerous fortifications.

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